Learn how to support your Multilingual Learners!

The ACE program is a course of study that enables current Delaware teachers to prepare for an additional certification as a Teacher of English Learners or a Bilingual Teacher.

ACE participants take the 5 classes required for EL/Bilingual Teacher certification by the Delaware Department of Education (see Schedule):

  • EDUC 672 – Teaching English as a Second Language
  • EDUC 740 – Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners
  • LING 676/699 – Second Language Acquisition & Bilingualism
  • LING 677 – The Structure of English
  • LLCU 624 – Second Language Testing

Each course earns three graduate credits. The program takes 12-18 months to complete, depending on your schedule. Online participation is possible in all classes.

The Delaware Department of Education also requires a passing score of 149 on the Praxis II ESOL test (5362) for certification as a Teacher of English Learners. Bilingual teachers do not need to take Praxis but must also demonstrate proficiency in their non-English language and must hold another subject or area certification.

Several sources of funding may be available to reduce the cost of tuition. For more information, please see our FAQ page.

In addition, it is possible to apply the 5 ACE courses towards UD’s MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (subject to admission requirements).

If you do not hold a Delaware teaching license, please contact UD’s Alternate Routes to Certification (ARTC) program instead.

For more information about ACE and MA TESL, please contact us.

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